Vaping and Tobacco

Lesson Plans

NEW! How Nicotine Affects the Teen Brain

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes teaching guide, student article, student activity sheet, vocabulary list, and optional interactive exercise
  • Teaches about nicotine, its addictive properties, and the dangers of vaping, including by having students create a presentation for their peers
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Standards aligned with: Common Core State Standards and Next generation Science Standards
  • Sources: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) & Scholastic

The Real Cost of Vaping

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes 3 lesson plans with worksheets and activities, a teaching guide, student magazine, student article, student infographic, family resource, and classroom mini poster
  • Can be paired with additional activities from The Real Cost of Vaping 
  • Teaches about the health consequences of vaping and tobacco use and how to analyze marketing messages about e-cigarettes
  • Duration: 3+ class periods
    • Lesson 2 has students plan and implement a survey for their peers about e-cigarettes, and Lesson 3 has students develop an advertisement. Both lessons also include extension activities, including a final project.
  • Standards: Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Math, Next Generation Science Standards, College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies (varies by lesson)
  • Source: Scholastic, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, & U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

*Also available in Spanish

Tobacco Prevention Toolkit: E-Cigarette and Vape Pen Module

  • Grade level: 7-8
  • Includes educator crash course, PowerPoint with speakers notes, factsheets, and more
  • Teaches the effects of e-cigarettes & vaping on the body, aerosols they produce, and thirdhand smoke
  • Duration: 5+ class periods
  • Standards aligned with: National Health Education Standards, California Health Standards
  • Source(s): Stanford Medicine

Tobacco Prevention Toolkit: Nicotine Addiction

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes educator crash courses, PowerPoint with speakers notes, factsheets, and more
  • Teaches students about the adolescent brain, addiction, and nicotine
  • Duration: 3 class periods
  • Source(s): Stanford Medicine

CATCH My Breath

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes 4 classroom lessons, virtual field trips, supplemental materials, free and paid teacher trainings, student self-paced modules, and paid video lessons
  • Lessons teach the consequences of e-cigarette use, refusal skills and smart exit strategies, the role of advertising in e-cigarette use, and goal setting regarding e-cigarette use
  • Duration: 4 35-min lessons
  • Sample Lesson
  • Sources: CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health), The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health

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E-Cigarettes: Is it Worth it?

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes educator/nurse instructional guide with instructions for 3 activities, 3 activity sheets for students, classroom poster, student toolkit, and parent/guardian letter
  • Teaches the health risks of e-cigarette use and other tobacco product by looking at expert perspectives on tobacco use, advertising, and research
  • Duration: 1-3 class periods
  • Standard aligned with: National Health Education Standards, National Standards for Science in Personal and Social Perspectives, Common Core State Standards English Language Arts, History/Social Sciences, & Science
  • Source(s): Young Minds Inspired, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, CVS Health

*Also available in Spanish

Taking Down Tobacco

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes teaching kit/lesson plan with instructions for 3 activities and follow-up, 3 activity sheets for students, classroom poster, 2 videos, parent/guardian letter, and student research resources
  • Teaches about the risks of tobacco use and exposure to nicotine by reflecting on their personal experience with tobacco use, creating a PSA, and creating a poster about the impact of tobacco advertising
  • Duration: 1-3 class periods
  • Standards aligned with: National Health Education Standards, National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences, Common Core State Standards English Language Arts, History/Social Sciences, & Science
  • Source: Young Minds Inspired, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, CVS Health

*Also available in Spanish

E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes lesson plan with student article, worksheet, critical thinking questions, vocabulary lists, and writing prompts
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Teaches about the potential risks of electronic cigarettes; how e-cigarette marketing strategies are designed and how they might influence teens; and, critical thinking
  • Standards aligned with: Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, National Science Education Standards, and National Council for Social Studies
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) & Scholastic

Know the Risks: A Youth Guide to E-cigarettes

  • Grades 6-8
  • Includes a PowerPoint presentation and teacher talking points
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Educates youth on e-cigarettes, including health risks, the factors that lead to e-cigarette use, and what youth can do to avoid all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes
  • Source: CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH)

Student Self-Paced Lessons

Vaping: Know the Truth

  • Grade level: 8
  • Duration: 4 5-10 min lessons (total duration 30-40 min)
  • Includes 4 self-led digital lessons with pre-and post-assessments and real-time score reporting
  • Teaches students about the dangers of e-cigarette use and connects students who are currently using e-cigarettes to Truth Initiative’s text message quit vaping program, This is Quitting
  • Standards: National Health Education Standards
  • Source: EVERFI and Truth Initiative in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente and the American Heart Association

Note: Educators must create a free EVERFI Teacher account to get started and then invite students to their class using a unique registration code. This resource is free to use.

Additional Resources

Mind Matters: The Body’s Response to Nicotine, Tobacco and Vaping

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes a student booklet and a Teacher’s Guide with suggested classroom activities
  • Student booklet is available online (with video) or for download
  • Explains what nicotine is, the health effects of nicotine, and what vaping devices are and how they work
  • Sources(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

*Also available in Spanish

Resources for Parents & Caregivers

Vaping Fact Sheet

  • Includes link to order vaping fact sheets
  • Includes information that can be used throughout the community to inform parents about the dangers of vaping, data on youth e-cigarette use and the role of tobacco industry tactics
  • Source(s): Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse

E-Cigarettes Shaped Like USB Flash Drives: Information for Parents, Educators, and Health Care Providers

  • Includes infographic that gives an overview of E-cigarettes
  • Provides brief description of the effects of e-cigarettes on the developing brain, and Helpful next steps for educators, parents, and health care providers about how to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people
  • Source(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Teachers and Parents: That USB Stick Might Be an E-Cigarette (Poster)

  • Includes infographic with overview of e-cigarettes
  • Focuses on summarizing e-cigarettes and their risks
  • Source(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)